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Roger D. Launius

Roger D. Launius, museum administrator. Fellow: American Astronautical Society (vice president publications).

Education

  • Bachelor in American History, Graceland College, Lamoni, Iowa. Master of Arts in American History, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. Doctor of Philosophy in American History, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, 1982.

Career

  • Civilian staff historian United States Air Force. Chief historian Military Airlift Command, 1987—1990, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 1990—2002. Curator, chair division space history Smithsonian Institute National Air and Space Museum, Washington, since 2002.

    Part-time faculty McKendree College, Lebanon, Illinois, Weber State University, Ogden, Utah, Graceland College, Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold, Maryland. Served as consultant to the Columbia Accident Investigation Board, 2003. Consultant in field; lecturer in field.

Works

  • Space Stations: Base Camps to the Stars
  • This new edition of Space Stations: Base Camp to the Stars, winner of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics History Manuscript Award, has been fully updated to tell the complete story of the vision, technological achievement and political infighting that led to the establishment of the first space stations.

Membership

Fellow: American Astronautical Society (vice president publications).
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  • 1982
    Louisiana State University
  • 1987 - 1990
    chief historian Military Airlift Command
    Nasa, Kutahya, Turkey
  • 1990 - 2002
    chief historian Military Airlift Command
    Nasa, Kutahya, Turkey
  • 2002
    curator
    Washington, United States